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The Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation's recent fundraiser was a real crowd pleaser.

PRAIRIE DU SAC—Only 2 years old, Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation’s “Good for What Ales You” fundraiser is already exceeding expectations.

The event was held April 13 at Vintage Brewing in Sauk City. “We were extremely pleased with the response,” Executive Director Todd Wuerger said. “Our goal was to raise $20,000 and we surpassed that. We also increased participation—132 people attended last year and we hosted 181 this year.”

The event included five unique beer/food pairings provided by Vintage, a raffle and silent auction, and a life-sized “Operation” game. New this year was the karaoke challenge, where participants could “vote” with raffle tickets to encourage someone to sing.

During the event, the Foundation also highlighted a beneficiary of the funding it provides. This year, the focus was on the Ice Age Trail Alliance and Saunters, the Alliance’s primary youth engagement program. Saunters helps more than 1,000 youth experience the Trail as a medium for learning and personal well-being. Luke Kloberdanz, director of philanthropy for the Ice Age Trail Alliance, spoke about how Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation was the only grant the Saunters received in their early days. It was the seed money that allowed them to grow the program.

The Foundation supports efforts within Sauk Prairie Healthcare and the communities in which it serves. In 2018, the Foundation provided:

  • $67,000 for Sauk Prairie Healthcare Programs, Equipment and Facilities
  • $25,000 for Nursing Scholarships
  • $25,000 for Employee HERO Grants
  • $73,000 for Community Health Initiatives

To learn more about the Foundation and to make a gift, visit

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